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Aging Nowitzki, young Smith want Mavs to be relevant again

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ FILE – In this March 30, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Dwight Powell (7), Dirk Nowitzki of Germany and Dennis Smith Jr., advance up court against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of NBA basketball game in Dallas. Dallas missed the playoffs for the second straight year with its worst record since 1997-98, the season before Nowitzki was drafted. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same NBA franchise.Dennis Smith Jr. will be half the German star’s age when the Dallas Mavericks open next season looking to end the first two-year playoff drought in nearly two decades. The team posted its worst record since 1997-98, the year before Nowitzki arrived.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 9 overall pick who turned 20 early in what ended up as a solid rookie season, Smith figures to have a new teammate facing high expectations the way he did. Dallas will pick no lower than seventh in June.Smith will have at least one thing in common with Nowitzki, who turns 40 this summer. They want the Mavericks to be regulars in the postseason again, the way they were before the current swoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ve been in a couple of arenas that are playoff teams, and I just witnessed the atmosphere,” Smith said. “I can only imagine how it is playoff time.”It’s certainly better than 24-58, tied with Atlanta for the league’s third-worst record. Youth, injuries and a difficult schedule buried the Mavericks early for the second straight year. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There was no mention of center Nerlens Noel on the final day of interviews. Suspended the final five games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Noel never developed into the post player Dallas envisioned after getting him at the trading deadline last season. After a lost season on a one-year deal as a restricted free agent, he hits the open market with little or no value.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Things to consider after the first 50-loss season for Dallas since the last of seven in an eight-season stretch in the 1990s:DIRK FOR 22?Surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle ended Nowitzki’s season a few games early, but after he had set a record for games in a 20th season with 77. He has had a season-to-season approach for several years now.“I’m hoping the ankle will be tons better than this year,” said Nowitzki , who figures to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the career scoring list but get passed by LeBron James to leave him where he is now — sixth place. “It’s hard for me at this point to commit further than one year or say one year’s it.”SMITH’S BACKUPSJ.J. Barea has a year left on his contract after averaging career highs of 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game. Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry have expiring contracts, but the Mavericks figure to be interested. Ferrell proved to be a solid role player on a two-year deal earned after a flashy start on a 10-day contract last season. Dallas had high hopes for Curry, but the younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry missed the season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.MORE FIREPOWERThe Dallas roster was loaded with undrafted and/or G League players, and Carlisle has been praised for the development of some of those younger players. Now it’s time to replace projects with weapons.“Getting Rick ammunition is our No. 1 priority in the offseason,” Nelson said. “We’ve got a great opportunity in the draft. Free agency as you know will be extremely active. There’s trade fronts obviously that will be probed as well.”THE LAST OF NOEL P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ They spent the last half of the season wondering where they would fall in the lottery, and owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for suggesting that Dallas had been tanking for two seasons. Part of Cuban’s point was that he’d had enough of that approach.“We do not want to go back to what we just experienced,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “That’s unanimous, from the top on down. When you go through retooling or rebuilding situations like we’re going through now, it’s done with the right people.”For Nelson, two of those three people are in place in Smith and leading scorer Harrison Barnes. The third is coming in the draft. Nelson compared the situation to when he joined his dad, former coach and general manager Don Nelson, in Dallas 20 years ago. Michael Finley was already there. Steve Nash and Nowitzki were on the way.The Mavericks made the playoffs 15 out of 16 years starting in 2001, winning their first championship in 2011. They haven’t won a playoff series since.“We’re certainly hoping that we’re not in the early stages of a rebuild,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We want to get through this as expeditiously as possible. But there’s no way you can skip steps.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Nuggets improve by 6 games, but fall short of playoffs again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Manganti gets revenge; Eagles soar

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ivory Coast big man Ange Kouame proved an unstoppable force all game long as Ateneo overwhelmed Far Eastern U, 82-62, Saturday night to keep a share of the lead in UAAP Season 81’s Senior basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments “What you don’t know is they rejected Sean and we got him.”It was the first win in seven tries against the Archers for Manganti, who took his rejection from La Salle as a source of motivation.“This is the one,” said Manganti. “This is the biggest game for me personally. I’m so happy right now. I’m on top of the world. I came here [back when I was] Grade 11, I practiced with them and they didn’t talk to me. They treated me like nobody.”The Falcons held the Archers to just two points in the first period. La Salle’s output is its lowest this season and its 26 percent shooting clip is the worst by any team.“I’ve been stressing to the players that I don’t think we can outscore the other teams but one thing for sure, our calling card for this year is really trying to hold down the other team,” said Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT The wins proved critical for Ateneo and Adamson, both with 7-2 records, as they gained separation from FEU and La Salle, which dropped to 5-4.The end of the weekend could see three teams tied for the third to fifth spots with University of Santo Tomas gunning for a fifth win in nine games against National U on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We took advantage of our opportunities,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “FEU was locking down on our shooters so that’s why Ange was freed up.”With FEU’s 6-foot-9 Nigerian center, Prince Orizu leaving the game due to an injury, the Tamaraws had no answer for the 6-foot-10 Kouame in the shaded lane.Kouame, who made 15 of 18 shots, grabbed the most rebounds since Season 79 when Adamson’s Papi Sarr snared 25. The Ateneo center also scored the most points by an Ateneo player since Kiefer Ravena poured the same output four seasons ago.Anton Asistio fired 15 points as the Eagles bucked the absence of Thirdy Ravena to suspension and Matt and Mike Nieto.The Tamaraws fell to their second straight loss after a scintillating end to the first round. They were still in the game at 18-all, before Kouame helped Ateneo unleash a 16-4 burst to end the first half. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? San Miguel rallies past TNT In one of the most dominant individual performances in recent memory, Kouame notched career-bests of 33 points and 27 rebounds as the Blue Eagles avenged their first round loss to the Tamaraws and remained on top with Adamson.The Falcons drew inspiration from Sean Manganti to end three years of frustration against the La Salle Archers for a gritty 57-50 victory in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPlaying with extra motivation, Manganti had 19 points and 12 boards against the same school that chose to ignore him after trying out five years ago.“Sean played pretty well,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, whose team avenged a 78-79 loss to La Salle in overtime just a week ago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

NPSS’s Cranston ‘Head of the Class’

first_imgFort St. John’s Dana Cranston has been named the top female high-school volleyball player in the province.Cranston is a winner in the Province Newspaper’s ‘Head of the Class’ awards, honouring some of BC’s high-school graduates who have shone in sport and in the classroom.After graduating from North Peace Secondary, Dana plans to attend Colorado State University, next fall.- Advertisement -For more on the Head of the Class Awards, click here: the Province’s feature on Dana, click here: for the Province’s slide-show and feature interview, click here: Congratulations to Dana.last_img read more

Watchdog group warns of Northeast B.C. gas processing plant

first_imgThus, EnCana notes in its submission to the environmental assessment office, there’s a strong possibility that ramped-up gas production in B.C. could cause a drop in North American carbon dioxide emissions, if it displaces existing fossil fuel consumption.To view the Vancouver Sun’s story, Click Here. The Vancouver Sun is reporting the proposed 500 million natural-gas-processing plant 60 kilometers northeast of Fort Nelson, could become the province’s single-largest source of carbon dioxide.It quotes the Pembina Institute as saying it all depends on whether the government tightens the rules for greenhouse gas emissions.Calgary-based EnCana Corporation, and a consortium of gas producers, is seeking approval from the B.C. environmental assessment office to build the Cabin gas plant.- Advertisement -However, the Sun story says, when fully operational, the plant will annually emit about twice the amount of carbon dioxide of the province’s current largest emitter, the Alcan aluminum smelter in Kitimat.The Pembina Institute, the Calgary-based fossil-fuel watchdog group, says emissions from the Cabin gas plant, “would be the equivalent of adding, almost 450 thousand cars to B.C. roads.”However, compared to higher-carbon fuels such as coal and oil, natural gas is 20 to 50 percent cleaner, per unit of energy.Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP retrieve DNA off Encana bomber letter

first_img RCMP may be a little closer to determining who was behind a number of Encana pipeline bombings.Police say DNA was found on a letter that was sent to a Dawson Creek newspaper in April.- Advertisement -The letter was from the person who is alleged to be the bomber, but police are not saying whether they know to whom the DNA belongs.However, police have determined the threatening letters that were sent to local media outlets were connected to the bombings. The letters had demanded that the Encana Corporation leave the region.Since the fall of 2008, there were six bombings at various Encana pipelines and well sites.Photo:  A copy of the letter sent this April to the Dawson Creek Daily News – BC RCMPAdvertisementlast_img read more

Beleaguered Brazilians sick of fuss over Neymar’s toe

first_imgThe sport’s most expensive player ever underwent surgery Saturday at Mater Dei hospital in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.The private, ultra-modern facility’s tinted windows make it look more like an office building. The roof boasts a chopper pad, which Neymar used when he was released from the hospital on Sunday.Across the street is a decrepit maternity hospital called Odete Valadares. Like most state-run hospitals in Brazil, it is short on staff and all kinds of equipment, even beds. The pale pink paint is peeling. Several windows are broken.A helicopter carries Brazilian football star Neymar away from the exclusive hospital after he underwent foot surgery, but many of his compatriots are growing tired of the focus on the multi-millionaire’s injury © AFP/File / Nelson ALMEIDA“We need more beds in the neo-natal emergency room. Sometimes patients have to sleep on cots,” said Dr. Klaus Morales on Facebook the day of Neymar’s surgery on a broken metatarsal.“Fifty meters from here in the Mater Dei hospital, Neymar will undergo surgery on a toe,” Morales wrote. “Helicopters are flying over the area non-stop and the news media focus only on this, while our patients here must wait hours to be treated,” said Morales.The situation was disgraceful, he added.– Glamor and affection –Dozens of camera crews staked out spots for hours outside the Mater Dei hospital while Neymar was inside — the fate of Brazil team at this year’s World Cup finals could rest on him making a full recovery.And Neymar’s teammates will sorely miss him when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.But no-one was covering the problems that many Brazilians face, said Priscila Silveira, a 28-year-old government employee in Belo Horizonte.“The public health system is in a state of crisis and we have major crime problems that do not get the attention they deserve in the news media,” she said.Brazil has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, and after two years of recession that is just now beginning to ease, the jobless rate is almost 12 percent.“For us it is hard to see a public figure abroad such as Neymar while we here are suffering because of so many things, such as violence, muggings every day, a terrible public education system, besides all the problems with corruption,” said Aderaldo Pulquerio, 47, a maintenance worker.The same gripes are heard in Rio de Janeiro, where Geraldo de Oliveira, a 62-year-old taxi driver, could not disguise his anger.“It is minor surgery on a toe. If that happened to the rest of us, we would not manage to be operated on or treated. But since that guy has money, he can do it,” said de Oliveira.Among the Neymar fans who turned out Saturday at the Mater Dei hospital was a man in a wheelchair named Sanderson. He carried a sign that read: “I broke my heel and knee. I need your support and that of your medical team.”Neymar began rehab Sunday at his 10-million-dollar home on the coast near Rio.His neighbors include celebrites and politicians accused of corruption.This does not help his popularity, although the player caters to younger fans on social media, always with a touch of glamor and controversy.On Friday, the day before his surgery, Neymar published on Instagram a photo in which he is seen giving his girlfriend Bruna Marquezine, an actress, a passionate kiss as she sits on him in a wheelchair.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar arrives in Belo Horizonte for the operation on his foot, but ordinary Brazilians say the blanket coverage of the football star’s plight masks the country’s problems © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDABELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Mar 6 – News crews from around the world may have flocked to cover Neymar’s foot operation but some Brazilians would rather see the spotlight on the country’s woes.No-one here doubts the talent of the 26-year-old star of the Brazilian national team and Paris Saint-Germain. But people are sick of seeing him treated like a pampered rich kid.last_img read more

Serbia World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgONE TO WATCHAleksandar Mitrovic has his critics, but as he showed on loan at Fulham this season, he is a fearsome striker when on song.Built like a bull, Mitrovic was prolific at Belgian side Anderlecht before struggling under Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez. His 12 goals in 2018 signalled a dramatic return to form and led Fulham to the Premier League.With 13 goals in 35 international appearances, Mitrovic could be the difference between the knockout rounds and an early exit for Serbia.FIXTURESSunday, June 17: COSTA RICA v Serbia (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 13:00Friday, June 22: Serbia v SWITZERLAND (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off 19:00Wednesday, June 27: Serbia v BRAZIL (Spartak Stadium, Moscow) – kick-off 19:00KITS Serbia will take part in their second World Cup this summer. take an in-depth look at the Group E nation…MANAGERLeading the Eagles into their second World Cup as an independent nation is Mladen Krstajic.The former centre-back, with 59 caps to his name, took over from Slavoljub Muslin after his predecessor presided over the successful qualifying campaign.Krstajic spent the vast majority of his career in Germany with Werder Bremen and Schalke, bookended by spells at Partizan Belgrade. Five years after retiring, he was appointed as a national team backroom coach, taking the top job permanently in December 2017.CAPTAINTwo-time Premier League winning left-back Aleksandar Kolarov leads an experienced Serbian squad in Russia.Kolarov, now in Italy with Roma, is joined in the backline by fellow ex-Premier League star Branislav Ivanovic, with both key for their country at either end of the field.Kolarov’s dead ball ability will have opposition goalkeepers trembling as he stands over the ball, and his crossing proficiency should work wonders for star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic’s aerial threat.KEY PLAYERFew players will draw more attention from scouts this summer than Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The dynamic midfielder is already linked with Manchester United, who have been quoted transfer fees approaching £100m by current club Lazio.It is easy to forget Milinkovic-Savic, born in Spain, has only two caps for Serbia, as comparisons of his playing style with past greats, ranging from Zinedine Zidane to Yaya Toure, flood in.His 12 Serie A goals in 2017/18 led all midfielders, but were not quite enough to secure Champions League football for Biancocelesti. 4 RECORD IN QUALIFYINGSerbia topped a group including Ireland, Wales and Austria in qualifying, losing just once. Aleksandar Prijovic’s goal at home to Georgia sealed their place in the final game, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONThe Serbs travel to Austria to complete their World Cup preparation, facing South American non-qualifiers Chile and Bolivia in Graz. An eight day gap follows before Costa Rica lie in wait on June 17 in Samara.BASE CAMPRoyal Falke Resort and Spa, KaliningradPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4last_img read more

Chelsea and Spurs continue to monitor Premier League ace ahead of January swoop

first_img IN DEMAND 2 moving on RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Lascelles is rated as one of the best defenders outside the Premier League top six LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK targets Lascelles, 24, first joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014, immediately returning to former club Nottingham Forest on loan for the 2014/15 season.He’s gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Tyneside club, and was named captain by Rafa Bentiez in August 2016 to succeed the departing Fabricio Coloccini. Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles remains a target for Chelsea and Tottenham heading into the January transfer window.Lascelles, the centre-back, was linked with leaving St James’ Park throughout the summer but Newcastle refused to entertain the sale of their captain. He has a deal running until June 2023 having penned fresh terms last summer, and the Magpies have no plans to lose a player considered vital to their Premier League safety.However, Chelsea and Spurs are expressing interest in Lascelles just over two months before the transfer window reopens.According to the Chronicle, scouts from the two clubs have kept an eye on Lascelles over the last couple of weeks, with moves for him potentially on the cards in January. That campaign, Lascelles skippered Newcastle to promotion back to the Premier League, and he’s remained a consistent performer in the top flight since then.He’s started nine of Newcastle’s 10 games this season, only missing the home defeat by Chelsea having reportedly had a training ground bust-up over Benitez’s tactics prior to the fixture. It’s considered a surprise that Lascelles has still not played for England Latest Transfer Newslast_img read more

Brandon Crawford gives thanks to late Giants owner

first_imgWho could forget the San Francisco Chronicle photo from the last home game of the 1992 season at Candlestick Park … As the Giants honored Peter Magowan during their home opener Friday, no one at Oracle Park was more thankful for what their late owner did for the franchise than Brandon Crawford.By spearheading an ownership group that bought the team from Bob Lurie and prevented the Giants from moving to Tampa in 1992, Magowan also helped mend a 5-year-old boy from Pleasanton’s broken heart.last_img read more